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Animal Law

A guide to resources available online and in the library on the law surrounding pets and service animals, wild animals, wild game, and livestock.

Service Animals


What is a service animal?

The definition "service animal" or "assistance animal" will depend on the specific situation. In most situations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or definitions found in Texas law will apply. However, the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) have much broader definitions that can include animals commonly known as "emotional support animals." See the boxes below for information about service animals in housing and air travel.

Texas & Federal Law

Explained in "Plain English"

Owners' Rights

Texas & Federal Law

Explained in "Plain English"

Public Places

Many people who use service animals or emotional support animals bring their animal with them when they go out in public. Below you will find information related to: restaurants, shops, schools, public transportation, service establishments, houses of worship, places of public gathering or entertainment, and more.

Texas & Federal Law

Explained in "Plain English"

Housing

Texas & Federal Law

Explained in "Plain English"

Air Travel

Federal Laws & Regulations

Explained in "Plain English"

E-Books Available from the State Law Library

This e-book contains information on service animals. E-books can be viewed by those who have signed up for a free library account with the State Law Library. Only Texas residents are eligible to sign up. Signing up is free.

Who Can I Contact?

These organizations may be able to provide assistance to those with service animals or may be able to accept complaints about potentially unlawful behavior.